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1 WELCOME TO PASSAIC COUNTY ARES

2 ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Name: Aly Badawy Callsign: AL0Y (Alfa Lima Zero Yankee) ARES District Emergency Coordinator for Passaic County ARRL Official Relay Station Registered Digital Traffic Station for Radio Relay International First licensed in October 2016 Net Manager for Passaic County ARES Net control for Big Apple NTS traffic net, WRAET monthly net Disaster Services Volunteer at the American Red Cross

3 TODAY S AGENDA: What is ARES? Why Amateur Radio? Hierarchy of ARES organization Served agencies What happens in an Emergency? Required Equipment Minimum training, and additional training Questions and Answers

4 SO, WHAT IS ARES?

5 WHAT IS A.R.E.S? DEFINITION FROM ARRL: The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES ) consists of Amateur Radio licensees who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes ARES IN NUTSHELL: Amateur Radio Emergency Services, or ARES, is the field arm of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) : The League deals with all aspects of Amateur Radio, including legislation, licensing, and contests; the ARES branch specifically handles field communications, particularly during emergencies When you hear in the news that Amateur Radio operators were part of a search and rescue operation, assisted in getting aid to a ship in trouble at sea, or provided communications for a Red Cross shelter, you're hearing about an ARES function

6 WHY AMATEUR RADIO? The USA has the most reliable public telecommunications system in the world. But even these services are vulnerable to natural disasters, and are not designed for wide-spread emergency communication Recent advances in telecommunications technology provided more capabilities but not more reliability Public networks that survive disasters are usually overloaded as traffic shifts to them Public safety networks and critical infra-structure networks usually maintain their private networks to support their operations during emergencies

7 WHY AMATEUR RADIO? - CONTINUED When all other fail, Amateur Radio Amateur radio doesn t need any fixed telecom infrastructure Wide selection of bands across the radio frequency spectrum Amateur Radio can provide communications locally, regionally, nationally, and even world wide Amateur Radio is virtually immune to natural disasters

8 WHY AMATEUR RADIO? - CONTINUED Amateur Radio operators and equipment are widely distributed throughout the nation. Perfectly distributed communication network Hundreds (if not thousands) of amateur radio operators are available to assist when local resources are exhausted Provide different type of communications: Voice (using FM or SSB) Digital communication (CW, Packet, Radio based s, NBEMS, Mesh data networks, ) SSTV, ATV

9 ARES AND ARRL The American Radio Relay League was founded in 1914 The Amateur Radio Emergency Service or ARES was established in 1935 as part of the ARRL field organization ARRL provides continuing education and a certification program for emergency communicators ARRL sponsors operating contests to help amateurs sharpen their onair skills. Examples include: Field Day and Simulated Emergency Test The ARRL s National Traffic System operates in manned or automatic mode 24x7, passing thousands of routine messages each day to maintain our preparedness for disasters

10 HIERARCHY OF ARES ORGANIZATION

11 HIERARCHY OF ARES ORGANIZATION There are 4 levels of organizations for ARES: 1 - National level: National emergency coordination at ARRL Headquarters is under the supervision of the ARRL Field Services and Radiosport Manager Highlights of Responsibilities: Maintaining contact with federal government and other national officials concerned with amateur emergency communications potential (served agencies) Advising all ARES officials regarding their problems Carrying out the ARRL s policies regarding emergency communications

12 HIERARCHY OF ARES ORGANIZATION - CONTINUED There are 4 levels of organizations for ARES: 2 - Section level: We are in North New Jersey Section (NNJ) The Section Emergency Coordinator (John, W2VTV, SEC) is the assistant to the Section Manager (Rob, KA2PBT, SM) for emergency preparedness Highlights of Responsibilities: Supervise all Emergency communications and other ARES activities on a sectionwide basis Develop a section-wide emergency communication plan Coordinate with Section Traffic Manager so that emergency nets and traffic nets can work hand-on-hand, specially for welfare and emergency traffic during disasters and/or emergencies

13 HIERARCHY OF ARES ORGANIZATION - CONTINUED There are 4 levels of organizations for ARES: 3 - District level We are in Passaic County District District Emergency Coordinators are appointment by the SM based on a recommendation from the SEC Highlights of Responsibilities: Coordinate the training, organization, and emergency participation of ARES members and ECs within then district Make local decisions in the absence of the SEC or through coordination with the SEC, concerning the allotment of available amateurs and equipment during an emergency Provide planning and direction in the routing and handling of emergency communications of either a formal or tactical nature Be fully aware of the locale and role of all vital governmental and volunteer agencies that could be involved in an emergency

14 HIERARCHY OF ARES ORGANIZATION - CONTINUED There are 4 levels of organizations for ARES: 4 - Local level The local ARES program is coordinated through a local Emergency Coordinator Highlights of Responsibilities: Promote and enhance the activities of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) for the benefit of the public as a voluntary communications service Manage and coordinate the training, organization, and emergency participation of interested as designated by the Section Emergency Coordinator / District Emergency Coordinator Establish viable working relationships with federal, state, county, city governmental and private agencies in the ARES jurisdictional area which need the services of ARES in emergencies Develop detailed local operational plans with served agencies and partners in the jurisdiction

15 ARES SERVED AGENCIES There are a number of served agencies that ARES groups can provide communication means to: Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) State, County or a municipality O.E.Ms Local fire and police stations Cert Teams National Weather Service (Skywarn) NGOs: Red cross, Salvation Army, Hospitals, Churches, Shelters

16 WHAT HAPPENS IN AN EMERGENCY?

17 WHAT HAPPENS IN AN EMERGENCY? ARES activates only at the request of our served agencies we re not first responders Not every emergency is a communications emergency NEVER SELF-DEPLOY!!! ARES members check-in to a pre-arranged frequency, Wait for instructions from ECs and/or DECs: Get assignment or go to pre-assigned location Report situation at location

18 WHAT HAPPENS IN AN EMERGENCY? - CONTINUED Typical assignments: Deploy to local EOCs Support fire and police stations Shadow Served-agencies leadership Support emergency shelters Deploy as a communication station for your community Exchange tactical and formal messages with other agencies Severe Weather spotting Become a net control station

19 IMPORTANT FREQUENCIES NNJ section emergency communications: WS2Q/R ( MHz, Negative shift, PL: Hz) Monthly net: 2nd Tuesday of each month. 2000L Passaic County Emergency Communications: WO2X/R ( MHz, Positive Shift, PL: HZ) NJ2PC/R is the Backup ( MHz, Positive, PL: 97.4 Hz) Weekly Net: Every Monday at 2100L HF: 3985 KHz, 7285 KHz, KHz

20 LEGALITIES AND CAVEATS Amateur Radio operators are licensed by the FCC, and must pass exam By law, Amateur Radio operators are not allowed to be paid specifically to exchange messages Messages must not concern a normal operation of a business Ex: During power outage, businesses can t communicate using Amateur radio Non-hams can talk on an amateur radio only if a licensed operator is controlling the transmissions, unless there s an immediate threat to life or property

21 REQUIRED EQUIPMENTS

22 REQUIRED EQUIPMENTS Most local emergency communications are handled on the 2-Meter or 70-Centimeters bands: Usually a Handheld Transceiver (HT) is sufficient A computer (even a Raspberry Pi) may be needed for digital communication. Ex: NBEMS or Packet Radio Backup-Batteries Sometimes an HF radio with NVIS antenna may be required For long-haul communications, an HF radios, amplifiers, tuned antennas may be needed

23 REQUIRED TRAINING

24 REQUIRED TRAINING Basic Training: How to hold the microphone and sound clear on the radio Learn standard phonetics alphabet Learn traffic handling and the NTS Learn net control skills Advanced training (specific to served agencies): FEMA ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700 Skywarn: Weather spotter NBEMS (digital traffic handling)

25 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

26 THANKS FOR ATTENDING! 73 DE AL0Y

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